Friday night’s Love Island brought the drama as audiences saw Liam Llewellyn’s impromptu departure, and the show’s first recoupling this series.
But viewers went even more wild for one certain moment as Davide Sanclimenti, 27, spoke about being seen for more than the ‘perfect body’.
As contestants stood around the firepit, Davide was the last to make a speech about who he wants to pair up with.
‘Perfect’: Viewers went wild for one certain moment on Twitter as Davide Sanclimenti, 27, spoke about being seen for more than the ‘perfect body’
He described his pick as ‘one of the few girls to… see that apart from the perfect body there is also something special inside me’.
As Luca Bish, 23, appeared to snicker at the statement, the Italian hunk continued.
Davide went on: ‘… So I really appreciate that. And I would like to see how this couple will move forward, so the girl I would like to couple up with is Ekin-Su.’
Social media reactions to the speech saw users bewildered at his confidence, as some called him ‘conceited’.
Recoupling: Davide went on: ‘…So I really appreciate that. And I would like to see how this couple will move forward, so the girl I would like to couple up with is Ekin-Su.’
‘Embarrassing’: Social media reactions to the speech saw users bewildered at his confidence, as some called him ‘conceited’
One said: ‘Davide said “apart from having the perfect body” yeah they’ve deffo gassed him too much in that villa.’
Another added: ‘Other than my perfect body?????? Get Davide out man, embarrassing.’
A third wrote: ‘Davide is so conceited lmao ‘apart from the perfect body’.’
Elsewhere his self-assurance was remarked upon with shock.
‘On a different level’: Elsewhere on social media, his self-assurance was remarked upon with shock
‘Nah Daivde’s confidence is on a different level,’ a user began. ‘He fully said “Besides the perfect body there is something special inside of me.”‘
A post also penned: ‘Did Davide really just say she sees past just my perfect body with a straight face.’
Another quipped: ‘”Besides my perfect body” nah Davide just loves himself so much I’m dead.’
However others found the situation hilarious, saying they’re ‘obsessed’ with Davide and claiming he ‘must stay on television for as long as possible’.
‘Comedian’: However others found the situation hilarious, saying they’re ‘obsessed’ with Davide and claiming he ‘must stay on television for as long as possible’
One Tweet read: ‘Davide is actually a comedian, how can he say “she saw beyond the perfect body”, unprovoked.’
Another said: ‘”Apart from the perfect body”…I don’t think I could ever be as funny as Davide this is another level.’
A third added: ‘Davide saying unironically “she sees beyond my perfect body” is why he MUST stay on television for as long as possible.’
Shock: Gemma Owen, 19, was left stunned at the end of Friday night’s instalment of Love Island when she set eyes on her ex entering the villa
‘”She saw that apart from the perfect body there is something special inside me”,’ a post penned. ‘Yes Davide, gas yourself up! The man is a cartoon character, obsessed.’
One also write: ‘Hahahahah Davide just straight up saying he’s got a perfect body. And you can’t even argue with him. Legend.’
It comes as Gemma Owen was left stunned at the end of Friday night’s instalment of Love Island when she set eyes on her ex entering the villa.
Surprise entry: The 19-year-old daughter of footballing legend Michael Owen exclaimed: ‘Oh my God! That’s my ex-boyfriend,’ as the hunky new bombshell walked in
The 19-year-old daughter of footballing legend Michael Owen exclaimed: ‘Oh my God! That’s my ex-boyfriend,’ as the hunky new bombshell walked in wearing nothing but a pair of blue swimming shorts.
The new addition to the show is understood to be Castleford Tigers rugby player Jacques O’Neill, 23, with his club issuing a strategically timed statement to coincide with the end of the episode.
A tweet from club bosses read: ‘Castleford Tigers can confirm that the Club has agreed to release Jacques O’Neill from his contract to allow him to pursue another opportunity. Best of luck @Jacques9oneill!’
New arrival: The hunky new bombshell walked in wearing nothing but a pair of blue swimming shorts
MailOnline contacted a Love Island spokesperson for comment at the time.
In a teaser clip for Sunday’s show, dressage champion Gemma could be heard reacting in horror after seeing her ex enter the villa.
Jacques’ entry comes after Liam Llewellyn broke the news to his fellow islanders that he was leaving the villa on Friday, hours after MailOnline revealed that he had quit the show.
Game player? Jacques is seen here during the Betfred Super League match between Castleford Tigers and Hull Kingston Rovers in October 2020
The Welsh student gathered everyone around the firepit ahead of the first recoupling, where he admitted he was not giving 100% of himself and was having a ‘hard time’ with his struggle to find a romantic connection.
Liam also sat down Gemma, who he was formerly coupled up with, and told her ‘I am not myself at all’ before reassuring her that his decision was not based on her being in a new couple with Davide Sanclimenti.
Just days before, the Italian hunk stole Michael Owen’s daughter from him, while Liam also found it difficult to woo newcomers Afia Tonkmor and Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, who’ve expressed interest in Ikenna and Davide since their arrival in the villa.
Speaking out: The new addition to the show is understood to be Castleford Tigers rugby player Jacques O’Neill, 23, with his club issuing a strategically timed statement after the episode
Announcing to the islanders that he had big news to share, he told them: ‘I think we need to have a chat, we should get everyone by the fire pit.’
As they sat down, he said: ‘So, I’ve got to speak to you all, obviously we all came here for the same sort of reason but I haven’t really been feeling like I’ve been giving 100% Liam. I know what 100% Liam looks like and I am miles off that.
‘I literally feel like you’re missing out on 90% of what normal Liam offers. I’ve been thinking long and hard, like this isn’t a spur of the moment type thing. Trying to find someone to leave the villa with that you care about, like obviously, that’s a goal isn’t it?
Shock: Love Island aired the emotional moment Liam Llewellyn broke the news to his fellow islanders that he was leaving the villa on Friday, hours after MailOnline revealed that he had quit the show
‘When you’re not feeling that, I feel like that makes it a very hard sort of time to find that.’
Then delivering the heartbreaking news, he added: ‘So yeah, I’ve made the decision that I am gonna leave the villa.
‘It’s been a breeze, it’s been an absolute ball, you are all unreal.’
The islanders were left reeling in shock and after taking in the news, went to give their pal a hug after his huge decision.
After his reveal, Liam shared a quiet moment with Gemma in which she told him: ‘I wasn’t expecting that from you’ to which he confessed: ‘I am not myself at all.’
She then added: ‘That’s like a big decision’, with Liam replying: ‘Yeah, it’s been brewing though.’
It’s not you, it’s me: Liam also sat down Gemma Owen , who he was formerly coupled up with, and told her ‘I am not myself at all’ before reassuring her that his decision was not based on her being in a new couple with Davide Sanclimenti
Big decision: Announcing to the islanders that he had big news to share, he told them: ‘I think we need to have a chat, we should get everyone by the fire pit’
Gemma then shared how she felt upon his exit, saying: ‘It’s just a shame because obviously we get on well and we started it together, it’s going to be weird to see you go and not have you around. It’s going to be different.’
The dressage rider then admitted that she felt it was her fault he was leaving as she uttered: ‘I just from my point of view like, I almost feel a bit like sh*t, have I done anything.’
But Liam was quick to reassure her that the decision was entirely his own, telling her: ‘Don’t be stupid, you are an amazing girl, honestly.’
He added: ‘You’ve got nothing to worry about, that’s not even crossed my mind and it shouldn’t cross yours either. Shall we hug it out?’
Love Island continues on Saturday at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.
LOVE ISLAND 2022: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Name: Paige Thorne
Who is their type on paper? ‘In Swansea there is just no-one I can find.
‘I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!
‘I came out of a relationship and I was just so done with guys. Then I was like, ‘Ok, I’m bored now’
Name: Indiyah Polack
Occupation: Hotel waitress
Who is their type on paper? ‘It’s quite hard to date without being influenced by social media and stuff like that.
‘Love Island is a great place to get to know someone one-on-one.
‘I don’t think I have ever been out with two guys who are quite the same.’
Name: Tasha Ghouri
Occupation: Model and dancer
Who is their type on paper? ‘My dating life has been a shambles.
‘This is an opportunity for me to find ‘the one’ and have a great summer at the same time.
‘I’m definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now so I’m ready to get to know someone and travel with them.’
Name: Gemma Owen
Occupation: International Dressage Rider and Business Owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer.
‘I would say I’m fun, flirty and fiery. I think I’m good at giving advice, I’m a good person to talk to, I’m very honest.
‘If I want the same guy, I’d do it but in a nice respectful way.
Andrew Le Page
Name: Andrew Le Page
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Who is their type on paper? ‘When I’m with someone I’m very loyal.
‘I’m a good boyfriend as when I’m with someone I’m all for them.
‘I’m actually single for once, so I thought why not?
This is the best time to give it a go.’
Name: Luca Bish
Who is their type on paper? ‘I prefer to meet girls out and about. I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it.
‘If I think you’re the one or I like you, I’ll take you out on a date but other than that, if we talk and I don’t like where it’s going – then I won’t be throwing out dates.’
Name: Dami Hope
Occupation: Senior Microbiologist
Who is their type on paper? ‘I will be talking to different girls, it might not go well with some.
‘When I’m actually in a relationship, I think it’s a star sign thing.
‘I’m an Aries but I’m very passionate – I always used to put that person first. I’m really good at being in a team’.
Name: Davide Sanclimenti
Location: Rome (lives in Manchester)
Occupation: Business owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘A lot of English girls actually love me.
‘They love to be around me and I love to be around them. I want to find my soulmate.
‘Find my person so I can actually build something in the future, grow with them, be a family. ‘
Name: Ikenna Ekwonna
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales
Who is their type on paper? ‘I’ve only been in one past relationship but now I think I’m at the age where I could find someone.
‘Hopefully, I’m going to bring spontaneity and excitement.
‘I’m not really shy to speak to people I don’t really care too much about what people think.’
Name: Amber Beckford
Who is their type on paper? ‘I don’t like guys that show off.
‘I don’t like flashy guys – just have a personality and make me laugh.
‘There was this one guy and he was trying to purposefully show off his car keys and we were literally in the middle of a restaurant!’
Name: Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu
Who is their type on paper? ‘I’m quite picky and I’m not just looking for looks, I’m looking for brains!
‘I’m looking for someone with intelligence, someone who can have good chats. Nothing like cockiness!’
Name: Afia Tonkmor
Occupation: Lounge Host at a Private Members Club
Who is their type on paper? ‘I love going on dates but I want to be in a relationship and just call it a day!
‘I like going on dates but I am just so done with it now, I just want the relationship, chill thing.’